The Pain & Policy Studies Group (PPSG) is a global research program at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center within the School of Medicine and Public Health. The PPSG mission is to improve global pain relief by achieving balanced access to opioids in an effort to enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer and other painful diseases. The PPSG’s work, guided by a public health approach, aims to address governmental and regulatory environments governing professional healthcare practice relating to pain management, including barriers to legitimate access of prescription opioid analgesics that are essential for severe pain relief and palliative care. Such efforts are achieved through effective public policy, communications, and outreach efforts. The PPSG is nationally and internationally recognized for its work and leadership to improve availability of opioid pain medicines, having been at the forefront of such efforts since its creation in 1996, since which time it has been the home of a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center.*
*The PPSG does not provide clinical patient care or give any medical advice. Our Related Links page provides information about patient advocacy organizations.